Waterproof Patents (Class 2/87)
  • Patent number: 10413006
    Abstract: An article of apparel is disclosed that is at least partially formed from a material element having a substrate and a plurality of projections. The substrate has a first surface and an opposite second surface. The projections extend from the first surface of the substrate, and the projections each have terminal ends located opposite the substrate. The material element has a first permeability when the first surface has a convex configuration, and the material element has a second permeability when the first surface has a concave configuration, the first permeability being greater than the second permeability. The apparel may be reversible such that either the first surface or the second surface of the substrate faces outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Karin E. Carter, Chiapei C. Hung, Rebecca P. Hurd, Dobriana Gheneva
  • Patent number: 10357070
    Abstract: Garments may include targeted vent or heat retention zones including openings or heat insulation areas in the fabric of various different sizes. The locations and sizes of these openings or heat insulation areas, at least in part, may be determined based on a thermal profile of a body from which the garment is designed. For example, openings or heat insulation areas of a larger size may be provided in the garment at locations where the body typically releases a large amount of heat, and openings or heat insulation areas of smaller sizes may be provided at other locations, e.g., where the body releases less heat. Several thermal profiles may be collected and used to develop a collection of opening patterns, e.g., corresponding to specific body characteristics, body types, and/or ultimate end uses for the garment. Custom patterns may be determined and used in garments specially designed for individual users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Louis Harber
  • Patent number: 10349687
    Abstract: A cold-weather apparel item configured to promote breathability, provide warmth, and minimize distractions is provided herein. The cold-weather apparel item is formed from a composite fabric that is breathable and repels water. The cold-weather apparel item further comprises at least a hood lock cord system that maintains the hood of the apparel item in a secure position while not being used, inflow air ducts and outflow air ducts to provide ventilation, and a layered thumbhole assembly with overlapping panels that fits snugly around a wearer's thumbs when used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim D. Baschak, Stewart D. Horner, Iustinia Koshkaroff, Phyllis Michele Lininger, Matthew D. Nordstrom, Luke A. Pezzimenti, Stephanie J. Scott
  • Patent number: 10244804
    Abstract: A garment having a vent which has an upper panel and a lower panel, wherein the upper panel has a lower end portion and the lower panel has an upper end portion, and the lower end portion of the upper panel overlaps the upper end portion of the lower panel to form an opening, wherein the vent further has a gutter extending into the opening to trap rain travelling through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: BERGHAUS LIMITED
    Inventors: James Hodgson, Marian Barnes, Gary Martin
  • Patent number: 10159294
    Abstract: Headgear as provided herein includes a light source for providing light away therefrom, a rechargeable battery for providing power to the light source, and a solar panel for recharging the rechargeable battery mounted thereto. The headgear can include a housing configured to at least partially receive the light source, the solar panel, and the rechargeable battery therein. The housing is configured to mount to the hat and orient the electronic components in desired configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Waters
  • Patent number: 10080391
    Abstract: A garment in a preferred embodiment includes front, rear and first and second side panels and a hood all formed from a single piece of a high performance, water-proof, breathable material. The user may use releasable fasteners affixed above fixed connection points along each opposite side of the front and rear panels to adjust the size of the sleeve openings. Releasable fasteners are provided below the fixed connection points to allow the user to open or close the side edges of the front and rear panels below the fixed connection points. A plurality of releasable fasteners is provided along the bottom edges of the front and rear panels to allow the user to selectively adjust the fit about the user's torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Hugh J. Rundle
  • Patent number: 9730479
    Abstract: Articles of apparel and a method for manufacturing an article of apparel are disclosed. An insulation layer for an article of apparel may include a flexible polyurethane foam. The foam may be generated by polymerization in a pressurizable chamber at a pressure sufficient to prevent the foam from completely filling the chamber. A shell layer may include wind resistant, breathable material. The shell layer may include an outer layer of the article of apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AERIS
    Inventors: Dale H. Lewis, Don E. Thomason
  • Patent number: 9713914
    Abstract: A breathable and waterproof composite fabric includes: a fabric sheet having opposite first and second surfaces and defining a plurality of micropores extending through the first and second surfaces; and a waterproof plastic film of a non-porous material that is bonded to the first surface of the fabric sheet, that conforms to the first surface of the fabric sheet, and that is perforated to form a plurality of hollow protrusions extending into the micropores, respectively. The plastic film has inner and outer surfaces. The inner surface is in contact with the first surface of the fabric sheet. Each of the hollow protrusions defines a channel that extends through the inner and outer surfaces for imparting breathability to the plastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventors: Chen-Cheng Huang, Pao-Hao Huang, Pao-Han Huang
  • Patent number: 9624001
    Abstract: Drip collar which includes a tubular sleeve body that is made of a flexible material having an open first end and an open second end, the first end having a surface extending around an entire circumference of the sleeve body that is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the sleeve body. The first end of the sleeve body further having a drip kerchief contiguous with the surface of the first end, the drip kerchief comprising a folded-over portion (1) extending around the circumference of the first end, and (2) extending from the first end towards the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Kirk Hill
  • Patent number: 9392825
    Abstract: The present invention relates to breathable, vented, and insulating cold weather garments. More particularly, the present invention relates to garments with chambers to retain an insulating fill material. Perforations along the seams between the insulating chambers may achieve optimal evaporative moisture transfer from the inside (proximal to the body of a wearer) of the garment to the outside environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke A. Pezzimenti, Lindsey V. J. Martin, Irena Ilcheva
  • Patent number: 9386810
    Abstract: A thermal energy dissipating garment may include a first garment portion having a perimeter defined by at least a first side and a second garment portion having a perimeter defined by at least a vent side. The first garment portion and the second garment portion are discontinuously affixed to each other at defined intervals along a surface of each portion proximate to the first side and the vent side creating a vent seam having a plurality of ducts/scalloped vents for directing air towards a body of a wearer. The plurality of scalloped vents are oriented with an angle of attack that redirects air from the exterior of the garment to the interior of the garment to increase air movement along a wearer's skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Demarest, Alexander J. Dedman
  • Patent number: 9309689
    Abstract: A method for creating rainwear that is waterproof yet allows the body's heat and moisture to vent is disclosed, including a shell and a liner, wherein the shell material is waterproof, and the liner material is waterproof and may or may not be breathable and vents placed at intervals in the fabric of the liner that allow for free air flow between the interior and exterior of the garment to achieve breathability by virtue of the vents. The garment may be made of materials that are inherently flame resistant for use where there is a danger of flash fire, such as high-voltage electrical work and petroleum production. In some embodiments, vents are inserted within apertures defined by a garment and include a base with inner and outer ridges surrounding a central opening and a cover having a perimeter extending between the inner and outer ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Alyx Fier
  • Patent number: 8943614
    Abstract: A privacy garment system comprising a coat having an inner surface defining an inner volume, an outer surface, a first end, a second end, and opposing joinable seam ends extending between said first end and said second end and defining a front section. The embodiment further comprises a hat fastenable to the first end of said coat, which hat has a crown with an inner surface defining a head volume, an outer surface, and a pocket formed between said inner surface and said outer surface. The coat may be configured into a compact state having a coat volume that is less than the pocket volume for storage or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Shiree D. Salinas
  • Publication number: 20150013043
    Abstract: A wearable poncho for allowing a user exposed to an extreme temperature, whether extreme heat or extreme cold, to selectably cover their body or a body part so as to allow the user to obtain protection from said extreme temperature. The wearable poncho comprises a modified poncho base having a watertight outer nylon layer, an insulation layer disposed inside said nylon layer, and a gel layer disposed inside said insulation layer, wherein the poncho base includes a receiving opening adapted to receive a head, a head covering hood disposed near said receiving opening, and an elongated sealable closure. This structure allows the wearable poncho to provide portable protection from not just precipitation and cold, but from extreme cold and extreme heat, without having to be preheated or pre-cooled by some external means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Colin Peters
  • Patent number: 8832865
    Abstract: An insulating garment includes an inner fabric having a knitted laminar structure adapted to absorb perspiration of a user. The inner fabric utilizes polymer fibers and a mixture of polyamide and polyester multifilaments present in an amount of between 30-50% and have a thickness between 0.3-3 dtex. An outer fabric has a knitted laminar structure and an inner surface including a moisture repellent finish adapted to repel perspiration of a user. The outer fabric utilizes polyester-brushed cotton threads in an amount of between 40-60% of the fabric. The end portions of the inner and outer fabrics are stitched together to form an air chamber there between. In use, perspiration from a user is absorbed by the inner fabric into the air chamber, where it can evaporate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sutran I Mas D, S.L.
    Inventors: David Cahisa Gallardo, Oscar Deumal Rubio, Sergi Rexach Alabart
  • Patent number: 8765255
    Abstract: A garment containing a breathable laminate that is optionally bonded to an outer layer fabric and an optional inner layer fabric. The breathable laminate is constructed from a microporous membrane situated in a face to face relationship with a nanoweb and optionally bonded thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Jill A. Conley, Robert Anthony Marin
  • Publication number: 20140132055
    Abstract: A garment can include at least one opening that allows the garment to be opened up such that a restraint mechanism can be easily secured to a user when opened. The at least one opening can include left and right openings that extend from a bottom most periphery of a torso portion and along respective sleeves of the garment. The garment can be combined with a child seat for use in a vehicle. Each of the openings can either extend entirely through an outermost portion of a respective sleeve cuff or be stoppable immediately adjacent the cuff such that the cuff remains in annular form during use. A method for using the garment and system includes placing a user into a seat while the user is wearing the garment and then attaching the restraint mechanism to the user via the at least one opening of the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: CJ's Kids LLC
    Inventor: Cherlyn Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8650664
    Abstract: A garment for protection from the elements includes a blanket defined by an upper edge, a lower edge and a first side edge and a second side edge disposed between and connecting the upper edge and the lower edge, the upper edge, the lower edge, and the first side edge and the second side edge together forming a substantially rectangular shape, a hood connected to the blanket along the upper edge, a seat cushion assembly disposed on the blanket, the seat cushion assembly including a seat cushion pocket and a seat cushion removably disposed in the seat cushion pocket, and an attachment device attached to the seat cushion assembly circumscribing a waist of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Becky Parr
  • Publication number: 20140020150
    Abstract: A ventilating raincoat with bay windows, comprising: a raincoat having a plurality of vent units arranged at a predetermined position thereof; and a plurality of bay windows arranged at an external surface of each vent unit, and having a top edge, two side edges extended downward from both sides of the top edge and a cover surface arranged between the top edge and the two side edges to form a hollow cover body with a downward opening between the raincoat and the bay window. Moreover, the top edge and the two side edges of the bay window form an inverted U-shaped structure made of a flexible and elastic material for the cover surface to have a support strength; such that the cover surface does not deform, remaining a ventilating path between an inner edge of the hollow cover body and the surface of the raincoat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: CHI-CHIH YANG
  • Publication number: 20130302574
    Abstract: Novel aqueous polyurethane dispersions and shaped three dimensional articles formed therefrom are provided. The aqueous polyurethane dispersions are provided in solvent-free systems of a prepolymer comprising at least one polyether, polyester, or polycarbonate polyol, a mixture of MDI isomers, and a diol. The shaped articles from such dispersions can be heat-activated for bonding, lamination, and adhesion of substrates, including stretch fabrics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Hong LIU, Carmen A. COVELLI, Douglas K. FARMER
  • Patent number: 8575044
    Abstract: Breathable, water resistant protective articles, such as garments, sleeping bags, and the like, which are readily packable into small volumes. The articles are constructed from an outer layer comprising a laminate of a textile bonded to a barrier layer, an insulation layer and an inner layer comprising an air permeable textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Johnson, Steven G. Mayer
  • Patent number: 8516613
    Abstract: A shower shirt has waterproof seals at its neck opening, arm openings and shirt bottom to prevent water from contacting a person's body that is enclosed by the shirt. The shower shirt also has one or more pockets sized to support post surgical devices associated with the patient such as drain tubes, bulbs, dialysis/external catheters, wound vac and infusion pumps. The shower shirt can also include baffles to provide additional lateral breast support to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Lisa Crites
  • Publication number: 20130198927
    Abstract: Laminates are described having a durable outer film surface for use in making lightweight liquidproof articles of apparel, such as outerwear garments. A method of making the laminate and a lightweight outerwear garment having an abrasion resistant exterior film surface is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8470722
    Abstract: A composite wind barrier fabric having the ability to maintain a high MVTR while controlling air permeability. The fabric has a nanofiber layer optionally welded to, and in a face-to-face relationship with, a fabric layer. Optionally a second fabric layer is welded adjacent to and in a face-to-face relationship with the nanofiber layer and on the opposite side of the nanofiber layer to the first fabric layer. The fabric has a Frazier air permeability of between about 1.2 m3/m2/min and about 7.6 m3/m2/min, and an MVTR per ASTM E-96B method of greater than about 500 g/m2/day. The nanofiber layer is dyed over at least a portion or all of its surface or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Jill A Conley, Joseph Robert Guckert, Robert Anthony Marin, George Bruce Palmer, IV
  • Patent number: 8370964
    Abstract: A protective garment for use while cleansing at least a portion of a user's body including: a lower garment, wherein the lower garment is adapted to releasably shield at least a portion of at least one lower extremity of an associated user while exposing an associated user's anal region; wherein the lower garment comprises a flexible, substantially waterproof member which includes: an upper region, wherein the upper region comprises a lower garment securement member which enables substantially water-tight releasable securement of the lower garment to an associated user; and a lower region, wherein the lower region and the upper region are spaced apart from one another to define a lower garment length. The protective garment optionally includes an upper garment and/or a base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Bluewater Concept, LLC
    Inventor: Terry J. Kaper
  • Patent number: 8336117
    Abstract: An article of apparel is disclosed that is at least partially formed from a material element having a substrate and a plurality of projections. The substrate has a first surface and an opposite second surface. The projections extend from the first surface of the substrate, and the projections each have terminal ends located opposite the substrate. The material element has a first permeability when the first surface has a convex configuration, and the material element has a second permeability when the first surface has a concave configuration, the first permeability being greater than the second permeability. The apparel may be reversible such that either the first surface or the second surface of the substrate faces outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Karin Eliabeth Carter, Chia Pei Chang Hung, Rebecca Pirkl Hurd, Dobriana Gheneva
  • Publication number: 20120311763
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wearable blanket having arm extensions, a hooded region and a body structure that forms a wearable outerwear blanket for cold and wet conditions. The blanket comprises an outer layer and an inner layer, wherein the outer layer comprises a waterproof and wind-breaking covering that is adapted to prevent water and wind penetration. The inner layer is a padded, insulative layer that is adapted to keep the user beneath the blanket warm and shielded from the cold. The garment is adapted to act as a wearable blanket and shroud that is particularly useful in harsh outdoor environments, particularly camping outings and sporting events in foul weather conditions. The edges of the blanket form together in front of the user and are securable to envelope the midsection and legs of a user within the interior of the garment, while the hood further shrouds the head of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Jalene King
  • Patent number: 8256025
    Abstract: A vapor permeable retroreflective material for use on protective garments. The material may be formed in a non-continuous pattern that provides a high-level of retroreflective brightness, yet also provides adequate permeability to prevent exposure to trapped thermal energy and heated moisture. The non-continuous retroreflective pattern may include retroreflective regions and non-retroreflective regions arranged such that thermal decay through the protective garment is not substantially decreased in the regions corresponding to the retroreflective material. Rather, vapor permeation and thermal decay through the garment may be substantially the same as if the retroreflective material was not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Rino A. Feduzi, Robert L. Jensen, Jr., Jeanine M. Shusta
  • Patent number: 8256024
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of a cold-weather garment. In one exemplary embodiment, a long-sleeve upper-body cold-weather garment includes a torso portion and two sleeve portions that are attached to and extend from opposite edges of the torso portion. The torso portion is made from a first material and the sleeve portions are each made from a second material. The first material is lighter per unit area and more breathable than the second material. The second material is heavier per unit area than the first material, but is more resistant to cold-weather environmental conditions. For example, the second material is water resistant, flame resistant and comprises an outer surface having a camouflage pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Massif Mountain Gear Company, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20120207955
    Abstract: Disclosed are a polyester fiber having excellent antibacterial performance, deodorizing performance, and stain resistance together with sufficient durability; a method for producing the same; a cloth; a textile product; and a polyester formed article. The polyester fiber, cloth, or polyester formed article has a pH of less than 7.0 achieved by subjecting a polyester fiber, a cloth, or a polyester formed article containing a polyester copolymerized with an ester-forming metal sulfonate compound and/or an ester-forming phosphonium sulfonate compound to an acid treatment, or alternatively by applying a processing liquid having a pH of less than 7.0 to a polyester fiber, a cloth, or a polyester formed article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: TEIJIN FIBERS LIMITED
    Inventors: Nobuaki Ogata, Akio Ukuma, Ryou Yasumitu, Kazuhiro Morishima, Tomoko Fukushima
  • Patent number: 8108949
    Abstract: Waterproof moisture-permeable fabric for clothing which includes, on one side of a polyester fabric A, a waterproof moisture-permeable layer B including a colorless transparent polyester film stacked, and a white or gray resin C partially stacked, and clothing including the waterproof moisture-permeable fabric. Preferably, a moisture-permeable polymer resin D containing inorganic fine particles is stacked on the waterproof moisture-permeable layer B, and the white or gray resin C is partially stacked thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Teijin Fibers Limited
    Inventors: Kenji Iwashita, Hitoshi Itai, Motoki Yamazawa
  • Patent number: 8037550
    Abstract: A stretchable chemical protective material is described comprising a selectively permeable chemical protective film and an elastic textile. Further described are methods for making a stretchable chemical protective material and methods of using the same. Materials made from these methods may have improved flex durability. Garments made from these materials may have improved heat loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Mukesh K. Jain
  • Patent number: 8015620
    Abstract: Vapor permeable retroreflective material for use on protective garments. The material may be formed in a non-continuous pattern that provides a high-level of retroreflective brightness, yet also provides adequate permeability to prevent exposure to trapped thermal energy and heated moisture. The non continuous retroreflective pattern may include retroreflective regions and non retroreflective regions arranged such that thermal decay through the protective garment is not substantially decreased in the regions corresponding to the retroreflective material. Rather, vapor permeation and thermal decay through the garment may be substantially the same as if the retroreflective material was not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Rino A. Feduzi, Robert L. Jensen, Jr., Jeanine M. Shusta
  • Publication number: 20110214218
    Abstract: A garment includes a moisture barrier layer and a thermal barrier layer connected to the moisture barrier layer by at least one seam extending along a perimeter portion of the thermal barrier layer and enclosing a space between the moisture barrier layer and the thermal barrier layer. The garment also has an inspection port in the thermal barrier layer, the inspection port spaced apart from the perimeter portion of the thermal barrier layer, wherein the space between the moisture barrier layer and the thermal barrier layer is accessible through the inspection port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: FIRE-DEX, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Bonamer, Joe Luic
  • Publication number: 20110206299
    Abstract: The trash bag raincoat is a waterproof, biodegradable trash bag that has been adapted so as to convert between trash bag and rainwear. A conventional trash bag is altered by the addition of a hood, sleeves, and fasteners in such a manner as to ensure easy conversion from trash bag to rainwear and back to a trash bag. The invention addresses the age-old practice of tearing holes in trash bags so as to use as protection when caught in unexpected precipitation. This hole-tearing practice destroys the use of the trash bag for its intended purpose and makes for unsatisfactory protection as the head and arms remain exposed to the weather. The current invention addresses the issue of full protection for the head, arms, and torso and offers the ability to reuse the trash bag for its original design. This is accomplished by manipulating the hood, sleeves, and fasteners in a manner designed to fit the need at hand—use as trash bag or protection against the elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Gerald V. Carmody
  • Publication number: 20110173737
    Abstract: The sleeping insert that I have been mentioning in this is one that is adaptable to every coat made. It is to provide you with an easy access sleeping bag which is built right into the coat. These coats/sleeping bags have the highest quality water repelling and thermal products to keep you warm and dry in the harshest climates and elevations. By just removing the coat and unlocking the snaps on the back, your sleeping bag is accessible, at this point it can either stay in the coat or be removed by a heavy duty zipper located at the top of the insert on the back of the coat (as shown in FIGS. 1 through 9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis R. Lawver
  • Patent number: 7930767
    Abstract: A body form-fitting rainwear is provided. In the rainwear a first waterproof layer comprises a polymer material treated with an oleophobic composition to form an air permeable polymer material. The first waterproof layer couples to a first fabric layer. The first fabric layer faces the body and couples to a first side of the first waterproof layer. A second fabric layer couples to a second side of the first waterproof layer. A stretch knit couples to the second fabric layer, the stretch knit being constructed to pull the rainwear to the body. The first waterproof layer, first fabric layer, second fabric layer and stretch knit are formable about a human body and are constructed to accommodate one or more human appendages. The rainwear may for example form a shirt, pant, underwear, long underwear, hat hood or one piece body suit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Eric M. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20110072551
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of a cold-weather garment. In one exemplary embodiment, a long-sleeve upper-body cold-weather garment includes a torso portion and two sleeve portions that are attached to and extend from opposite edges of the torso portion. The torso portion is made from a first material and the sleeve portions are each made from a second material. The first material is lighter per unit area and more breathable than the second material. The second material is heavier per unit area than the first material, but is more resistant to cold-weather environmental conditions. For example, the second material is water resistant, flame resistant and comprises an outer surface having a camouflage pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7874019
    Abstract: Garments and garment sets are described that include a jacket having a powder skirt and trousers that can be attached to the powder skirt via at least one fastener. One embodiment of the invention includes a water resistant jacket, an elasticized powder skirt having at least two edges, the first of which is attached to the water resistant jacket, at least one fastener connected to the second edge of the powder skirt, water resistant trousers including a waist opening and two leg openings and at least one corresponding mating fastener connected to the trousers. The fastener and the corresponding mating fastener are constructed to detachably fix the powder skirt to the water resistant trousers. In several embodiments, the fastener and corresponding mating fastener are two mating zipper portions of standard length that can be combined to form a zipper irrespective of the garment size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Volcom, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Woolcott, Abran Abeyta, Arriana Padron, Jay Twitty, William Anderson
  • Patent number: 7856669
    Abstract: A weather resistant textile article comprising: a primary outer shell having an edge at least partially defining an opening for wearing the article; and a moisture wicking lining attached to at least the primary outer shell. In the preferred embodiment, the article includes a secondary outer shell attached to the primary outer shell. Also, in the preferred embodiment, the article includes a moisture permeable adhesive layer joining the shell and the lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Go! Products, LLC
    Inventors: Steven L. Sommers, Daniel H. Moss, Morrie Siegel, Randolph Loew
  • Publication number: 20100306900
    Abstract: There is provided a laminated fabric with a structure in which a face textile is laminated on one side of a durable film with a temporary adhesive layer interposed therebetween and a back textile is laminated on the other side of the durable film with a durable adhesive layer interposed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Hiroki Sadato, Hirokazu Ishii
  • Publication number: 20100291825
    Abstract: Laminates are described having a durable outer film surface for use in making lightweight liquidproof articles of apparel, such as outerwear garments. A method of making the laminate and a lightweight outerwear garment having an abrasion resistant exterior film surface is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Matthew A. Johnson, Edward G. Gunzel
  • Publication number: 20100287680
    Abstract: Laminates are described having a durable outer film surface for use in making lightweight liquidproof articles, including articles of apparel, such as outerwear garments. A method of making the laminate and a lightweight outerwear garment having an abrasion resistant exterior film surface is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Matthew A. Johnson, Edward G. Gunzel
  • Patent number: 7820271
    Abstract: A laminate of thermoplastic polymeric films comprises a fluted ply A and non-fluted ply B, adhered to one another in bonded zones along some of the flute crests the fluted ply A. The wavelength of the flutes is preferably no more than 3 mm. Ply A has a generally uniform thickness or can have attenuated zones of lesser thickness extending parallel to the flute direction, each bonded zone being located mainly within an attenuated zone. The flutes can be sinuous with crests on both sides of ply A and can be adhered on each side to a ply B. The flutes can be filled with filler material, including reinforcement strands, and one or both sides can be perforated. The method and apparatus employ aligned grooved fluting rollers and a grooved laminating roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Ole-Bendt Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20100212061
    Abstract: A weather-resistant, protective garment particularly for wear by operators, occupants, and passengers of motor-sports vehicles, such as motorcycles, snowmobiles, and open aircraft, includes a water-proof garment shell provided with a pair of hoods. An inner one of the hoods is wearable under a helmet, and provides protection against water dripping into a neck opening of the garment. The inner hood also provides additional warmth during cold weather conditions. An outer one of the pair of hoods can be worm without a helmet, and the pair of hoods can be worn together in severe weather conditions as well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Janine C. Luciano
  • Publication number: 20100132089
    Abstract: An embodiment is a wader system having an upper portion including a hood, a torso portion, and two sleeves. The wader system of an embodiment may further include a chest wader portion having a pouch into which the upper portion may be removably packed and/or stowed for convenience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Myers
  • Patent number: 7685650
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective garment made of water-tight and air-tight outer cloth formed by superimposing an external layer of a film of polyvinyl chloride and an internal layer of woven cloth, the film and the woven cloth being bonded together. At least one section of the garment is lined internally by a lining made with cloth and including a foam sheet extending in the lining, the cloth of the lining being bonded at least on its periphery to the woven section of the external cloth in bonding zones, the foam sheet being arranged substantially free between the cloth of the lining and the external cloth, the foam sheet being integral with the external cloth and/or with the cloth of the lining at least towards its upper section in order to be held and not fall in the lining. The garment can be a vest, a pair of trousers or an apron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Establissements Guy Cotten
    Inventor: Guy Cotten
  • Publication number: 20100064412
    Abstract: A versatile poncho preferably for a child is provided. By its unique configuration, the poncho of the present invention allows for convenient and safe use for a child while fastened in a car safety seat. The preferred embodiment of the poncho includes an opening on a moveable panel and includes, under the opening, a flap, such that the moveable panel can be moved over the child's head so that the child may be strapped into a car safety seat more safely and comfortably because the child may be placed directly against the seat and the straps may be placed directly against the child without a bulky winter garment between the seat and the child, and the flap covers a portion of the child to provide thermal protection while being strapped in. A method of using the poncho and of fabricating and assembling the poncho is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Susan Slutzky
  • Publication number: 20100031413
    Abstract: The present invention provides a convertible jacket system configurable between a wearable jacket and a personal sleeping environment. The convertible jacket system may be made from a lighter and more water resistant material. It may include various structural features to proportion and support the inertial loads of a sleeping bag compartment and a head covering canopy, each coupled to the convertible jacket system. By way of example, the head covering canopy may further include a bendable wire coupled to a fabric material such that the canopy may easily be popped open and then folded compactly enough to slide into a pouch coupled to a backside of the convertible jacket system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Terry L. Jensen
  • Publication number: 20100031415
    Abstract: A jacket that is worn by a person walking a dog includes a main torso covering portion which can be closed to protect and provide warmth to the wearer's torso. A leash that can be utilized as a belt can be used to snuggly fit the jacket around the user's waist. The jacket also includes an exterior pocket that includes a roll of waste bags, typically in a roll. The exterior pocket includes an opening on the front surface of the pocket where a grommet is typically attached around the perimeter of the opening. The bag is pulled through the opening in the grommet to gain access to the bag. The lead bag is removed from the roll along the perforation separating the bags such that the walker can manually remove a bag from the pocket and tear the first bag away from the following bag while leaving the following bag in a position that is easily gripped for the next required cleaning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Marg Shadid